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monument and the national museum of american history. drivers can expect closures on 12th, 14th, and 15th, as well as on madison drive and constitution avenue. the closures and restrictions should last until about noon. >> all right. big event down there. >> yeah. >> going to be very exciting. 4:30. a first look at the forecast. tom, can't wait for the warmup. feeling warmer already. >> yeah, it does. in fact, temperatures above freezing this morning unlike the last couple of mornings. it's been so cold. but this morning we are above freezing throughout the region. we've got a partly cloudy sky, but it's right near freezing in part of prince william county. elsewhere, we are in the upper 30s to around 40. reagan national, a balmy 45 for this time of the morning, this time of year that's certainly above average. and southern maryland, upper 40s as well as around parts of the northern neck and lower eastern shore. farther to the west and north, blue ridge, shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, much of western maryland, temperatures there are around 40 degrees. and here's the view from space over the last 12 hours.
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just a few clouds drifting through. we'll have some more coming in later today. we'll have sunshine this morning. we'll still be in the 40s generally through mid morning. sun rises at 6:51. then breezy this afternoon as winds shift to the south and southwest. warming in the 50s to near 60 by mid-afternoon. a look at the evening planner in ten minutes. danella has traffic. good morning. good morning, if you are traveling on the dulles toll road eastbound, have construction slowing you a bit. this is at international drive, the right side is blocked. stick to the left just to get by. now, traveling on 395, i'm not seeing any issues there north or southbound. nice and clear. you're watching a live look now, 395 north at glebe. no issues crossing over the 14th street bridge either. travel speed northbound, you're at 57 miles per hour. only taking 12 minutes at this time to get from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. now back to you both. >> all right. thank you. there is new tension this morning between the united nations and iran over its
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nuclear program. the u.n.'s nuclear agency says iran refuses to let u.n. inspectors into a facility where they suspect nuclear weapons tests are being conducted. the team is back in europe. the agency also says iran refuses to cooperate with the u.n. on how to restart an investigation into its nuclear program. that probe has been stalled for nearly four years now. iran is also threatening to launch a preemptive strike on its enemies if it feels its national interests are being targeted. the country is conducting a series of military exercises to back up those threats. the u.s. and israel have not ruled out military action against iran's nuclear sites. if they feel it would prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. iran's defense minister also says it's beefing up its presence in international waters. today the obama administration will outline a proposal overhauling the corporate tax code. the plan calls for cutting the corporate tax rate from 3 % to 28% -- 35% to 28%.
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it calls for a lower rate for manufactures at 28%. in turn, corporations would have to give up loopholes and subsidies that they now enjoy. today's rate of 35% is one of the highest in the world, second only to japan. [ bell ] the dow crossed the 13,000 mark for the first time since may of 2008. it hit 13,000 just before 11:30 a.m. and stay thursday for about 30 seconds, then dropped back down. it reclaimed the level again around noon and just after 1:30. analysts say strong corporate earnings and a deal to help greece avoid bankruptcy gave investors a boost. it could happen again today. right now u.s. futures are up. today could mark another turning point in decision 2012. tonight the four remaining republican presidential candidates will debate in arizona. this is the only debate ahead of two primaries next week. one in michigan, the other in arizona there. rick santorum will be under some heavy scrutiny. the former pennsylvania senator is coming off big wins in
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missouri, minnesota, and colorado, and has been surging in the polls. well, religion and politics are bound to be a hot topic at tonight's republican debate. evangelical franklin graham, reverend billy graham's son, weighed in on the candidates and their faith saying that he believes that rick santorum and newt gingrich are christians. last week santorum accused president obama of having a "phony theology." he later said he was not referring to the president's religion but rather to his policy on the environment. graham cast doubts on the president's religion. >> i cannot answer that question for anybody. >> but you do not believe he's a muslim -- >> no, no. >> categorically not a husband sflim. >> no. -- muslim? >> no, i can't say categorically because islam has gotten a free pass under obama. >> the white house dismissed the comment saying the president had just talked about the importance of faith in his life. graham also questioned mitt
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romney's faith saying most christians would not recognize his mormon religion as part of the christian faith. this morning police are looking for a man who attacked a 10-year-old on her way home from school. the girl's mother spoke exclusively to news4. anne arundel county police released this composite sketch of the man who sexually assaulted a girl walking home from lake shore elementary school in pasadena, maryland. last tuesday the man grabbed the girl and pulled her into a wooded area and attacked her. the victim's mother, who did not want to be identified, said she is angry someone would do this to a little girl. >> for him to pull her into the woods in broad daylight and hold her down and threatened to kill her. >> police added extra patrols in the area. investigators also are passing out flyers. if anyone recognizes the man in this sketch, call the anne arundel police department. this morning we are learning more about the woman killed in a high-speed crash that ended at a fast food restaurant in landover.
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investigators estimate that 29-year-old helena smith reached a speed of 100 miles per hour before she lost control and crashed her vehicle in front of the kfc. she died on the scene. we searched online counter records and found smith was ticketed last month for driving 91 miles per hour in a 55-hour zone. she was also ticketed for driving with a suspended license and driving with expired registration. the new era begins today in frederick county, maryland. english is now that county's official language. county commissioners passed the ordinance last night after a public hearing. an official -- all official county actions must be in english only. there are a few exceptions, though. for instance, public health and safety information. frederick is the first maryland county to make english its official language. from an official tlielanguao a ban on salty lane. the d.c. council -- language. the d.c. council banned cursing. it passed a week after david
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catania used the "f" word during an argument with fellow council member marion barry. today marks six months since the magnitude 5.7 quake that rattled the west coast. the extensive damage includes the national cathedral. other buildings were shaken from their foundations. it could take ten years to complete the repairs. 4:37 now. today -- ahead on "news4 today," fighting fines. how one man is taking the district's speed cameras and the expensive fines that come with them. ♪ baby don't you wanna go and president obama is singing the blues. the special show he and his wife family hosted at the white house. ♪ while the president's tunes are available on itunes -- it's chilly.
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4:40. 46 degrees outside. a balmy stooomb start to what c nice day. we'll get to tom kierein to find out about the big changes headed our way. indeed. going to be feeling like springtime. already we've had daffodils up and crocuses in february. and they're just going to be coaxed along even more. right now, 45 at reagan
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national. petworth to brandywine, new carrollton, tyson's corner, dunn loring, montgomery village, we have temperatures in the mid 40s in most locations. parts of northern virginia have dipped into the 30s. now in loudoun county, prince william, fauquier, culpeper, down into the low to mid 30s there. elsewhere, in the 30s to near 40 degrees including shenandoah valley and western maryland. the panhandle of western maryland, in the upper 30s there. and in west virginia, many locations near 40. here's your day planner for this wednesday. sunrise at 6:51. we'll have sunshine this morning. and then during the afternoon, becoming cloudy. a bit of a blustery wind coming from the south. we'll have it warming to near 60. overnight, we'll be down to near 50 by midnight. by then, we might have light rain falling. we'll look at that, the week and weekend in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? good morning, traveling along i-270, we'll take the trip together and fly over it. not seeing problems northbound.
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but southbound, as well, nice and clear. heading out of clarksburg, 71 miles per hour in germantown. continuing southbound into rockville, 67 miles per hour as you pass falls road. no problems connecting to the beltway. and traveling over the memorial bridge, your volume's very light. traveling on the outer loop as well as the inner loop, i'm not seeing any issues this morning. looking really good on the roadways. joe and eun? >> thank you very much. 46 degrees. still to come, moving ahead with a push to expand gambling. the next move for lawmakers and what people around d.c. think about a high-end casino so close to home. plus, rising tensions in afghanistan. consumers today have a legitimate concern about the chicken they eat.
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they want to know more about how they were raised, what they were fed. we spend a lot of time on the feed because a chicken is what it eats. [ jim ] this seal verifies we feed my fresh all-natural chickens an all-vegetarian diet including corn, soybeans, and marigolds. we actually ask the usda to come check us. we have never fed steroids or hormones and never will. no blood meal, no meat and bone meal. yuck. no animal by-products. it means when you put my chicken on the table, you know where it came from. welcome back. breaking news now out of afghanistan. for a second straight day large crowds are protesting reports of
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koran burnings and other muslim holy books destroyed. the white house apologized for the incident called it unintentional. a military official who spoke anonymously said detainees were using the holy books to pass extremist messages to one another. the white house says the books were burned after being tossed on to a trash pile. the mother of an ex-marine sentenced to death in iran for espionage has visited her son in prison and made it home safely. the family of 28-year-old amir hatmadi said his mother made the trivseveral times, but this is the first haven't reported by the -- first visit aren't repor "the new york times." he was arrested while visiting his grandmothers in iran. investigators say he's a cia spy. the man accused of widespread criminal copy right infringement is out of jail. the founder of megaupload who calls himself kim.com was released this morning.
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he h been held in new zealand since last month. at the time, agents raided one of his office buildings in the district. the u.s. is trying to extradite him and three of his colleagues on racketeering charges. the nation's highest court will once again look at the use of affirmative action in college admissions. the supreme court will hear the case of a white student denied admission to the university of texas. she claimed the schools's race-conscious policy violated her civil and constitutional rights. the supreme court last ruled on affirmative action in 2003 when it decided it was okay for schools to consider race in their admissions process. the court, however, is more conservative now. virginia governor bob mcdonnell may not support a controversial abortion bill being debated in virginia's general assembly right now. the governor is not committing himself to signing the legislation which would require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion if that legislation does reach his desk. the pro-life governor is reportedly having second thoughts about the bill after learning that the ultrasounds
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may be more invasive than first thought. meanwhile, pro-choice activists in richmond plan to turn over petitions today with more than 25,000 signatures of people opposing the bill. and they're planning a rally tomorrow. maryland's senate is taking the next step toward expanding gambling in the state. the senate budget and taxation committee is scheduled to discuss a bill that would pave the way for table games and a new casino in prince george's county. county executives will testify in support of the proposed high-end casino at national harbor. even if the general assembly approves the expansion, maryland voters would have a say on the new games and casino in a statewide referendum. a new poll shows that support for that las vegas-style casino on the president obama is fairly high in prince george's county. a survey by opinion works shows that 57% of voters like the idea compared with 29% who are opposed. an overwhelming majority, 92%, say that voters should make the final decision. the $1 billion plan could
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generate 5,000 new jobs and billions in tax revenue. this morning a man in the district is on a mission to lower those expensive speed cameras. mark mueller started an online petition asking city leaders to lower the $125 fine. he has been ticketed four times for speeding by a camera on porter street in northwest washington. he wants to know why the fine is so high. >> just can't understand how they justify $125. show me some unpie i can't sbia statistics. show me why $125 is the mark. >> d.c. police defend the program. a spokeswoman tells news4 a person hit by a car going 30 miles per hour has an 80% chance of living, but if they're hit by a car going 40 miles per hour, there's an 80% chance that that person would die. the party's over. mardi gras came to an end with the biggest fat tuesday celebration in new orleans since
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hurricane katrina. people from all over the world descended on the crescent city to have a good time. i'll bet they did. a city official says this year's festival will bring in close to $200 million for the city. the money will be used to rebuild the hardest hit areas still reeling from the 2005 hurricane. hundreds of people celebrated fat tuesday in arlington. the clarendon courthouse mardi gras parade helped make wilson boulevard look more like bourbon street. the free event included jazz music and southern delicacies. fat tuesday is celebrated the day before ash wednesday, which, good morning, is today. ash wednesday begins -- mash the beg -- ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent, a period of repentence before easter. >> look for the ashes on the forehead. >> absolutely. it is time to look at the forecast again. a nice, warm -- it feels nicer than it was yesterday. >> touch of spring in the air. it's going to feel that way by tomorrow and friday. today we'll have the beginning
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of a warmer pattern here for the next 72 hours. then a big change for the weekend. right now at reagan national, we've got a mostly clear sky. there's a live picture from our high-definition city camera. right now, 45 at reagan national. we have a very light southerly breeze now. that wind will pick up a little bit later today. and that will sweep in milder air. right now it is above freezing. up parts of maybe prince william county and into loudoun and around the blue ridge, there may be a few pockets where it's near freezing. elsewhere, though, in the mid to upper 30s. near 40 in washington, and it's in the low to mid 40s in prince george's county and montgomery, arlington, fairfax. much of southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore now in the mid to upper 40s. farther west and north, we're in the mid to upper 30s. above freezing around the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, and much of western maryland. there are some clouds beginning to close in from the west. those clouds will be with us
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from time to time as we get into the afternoon. take a look. here's your day planner. sunrise at 6:51. sunshine in morning. staying in the 40s mid morning. during the afternoon, hitting the 50s to near 60 degrees. winds picking up out of the south, gusting around 15 to 20 miles per hour. then this evening, a weak disturbance coming over with a lot of clouds. we'll be down to near 50 by midnight. by late evening, we could have light rain that may continue by late evening and all the way until around dawn on thursday. then we'll get sun back tomorrow with a southwesterly wind that will sweep in temperatures all the way to the 60s to near 70 for a brief time tomorrow afternoon. and then on friday, should be a bit cooler with clouds coming through. maybe near 70 parts of virginia. much of the region in the 60s. there's a small chance of passing showers. a blustery wind will bring in colder weather friday into saturday, below freezing saturday morning.
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windy, chilly, highs in the 40s. sunny, sunday, a cold start, near 20. highs in the mid 40s. could get rain monday. danella, how's traffic? good morning, traveling on the dulles toll road, construction eastbound at international drive. it's out of the roadway. on route 50, not seeing problems in maryland. 301 heading eastbound, travel speeds looking -- excuse me, westbound, 63 miles per hour. no problems eastbound. in fact, eight minutes as you make your way 301 to the beltway. traveling the beltway in prince george's county, looking for accidents, not seeing any. i am also seeing light volume. good news for you. this is route 50. 50 on the outer loop this time heading to i-95, 62 miles per hour. that trip only taking you nine minutes at this time. joe and eun, back to you. >> thank you. georgetown hoya fans may want to just forget last night's game against seton hall. georgetown fell to the pirates 73-55. the 18-point loss was the biggest margin of defeat for the
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hoyas this season. they are now 20-6 and 10-5 in the big east. they will try to rebound from the loss on saturday against villanova. that game will be played at verizon center. the terps had better luck in their match-up with miami, though. maryland came back to beat the hurricanes 75-70 at comcast center. the tapers trailed by five in -- terrapins trailed by five in the final minutes but rallied with the 10-0 run to take the lead. maryland is 6-7 in the acc and 16-11 overall. they face georgia tech on saturday in atlanta. >> welcome home, jik layer nm l. why the price for gas this summer could determine who lives in the white house. putting an end to the misery. why the cdc says norovirus outbreaks like the one we're dealing with now could be a thing of the past. ♪
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♪ baby don't you want to go uh-huh. never missing a chance to sing, the event that had president obama singing the blues.
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welcome back. scientists are getting closer to producing a vaccine against the norovirus. there's been a number of cases reported in the past month that schools in the d.c. area including a george washington university -- including at george washington university. the bug causes over 21 million
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illnesses in the u.s. every year. the cdc says if all goes well, a norovirus vaccine could be available in the next four to five years. the best way to prevent the spread of the disease is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and wipe down surfaces with bleach cleaners. federal investigators will look into bank overdraft fees. the fees function like extremely high-cost short-term loans. the new consumer watchdog agency will ask banks for information about how the fees affect consumers, how overdraft protection is marketed, and what information consumers receive. the probe could result in new rules or lawsuits if the banks are accused of violating consumer laws. the blackberry playbook, an update. the research in motion released the tablet's new operating system. it includes e-mail, a calendar, and contact features. but the new version of the playbook does not include blackberry's popular messaging service. the 2.0 software update can be downloaded for free.
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the tablet has not been selling very well, forcing the company to lower the price to less than $200. well, a blues concert at the white house turned into a sing-along last night. >> president obama joined the fun, belting out a couple of bars of "sweet home chicago." take a listen. ♪ baby don't you wanna go ♪ come on ♪ baby don't you wanna go >> everybody now. b.b. king, buddy guy, and mick jagger were all in the east room to celebrate blues music in recognition of black history month. the concert will air next week on pbs as part of the performance at the white house series. what a group of performers. b.b. king -- >> put together a good group. >> i know. and he's going to have to come up with his own cd with the rate he's going, the president. >> all four ought to hit the road. >> there you go. all right. stay with us. "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m.
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ready to deliberate, the fate of a former university of virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his girlfriend will be in the hands of jurors this morning. african-american history takes center stage as president obama gets ready to kick-start construction on the newest smithsonian museum. good morning. welcome back to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. it is wednesday, february 22, 2012. we're going to take a live look outside now. 4:59, 45 degrees out there. a much milder start than we had yesterday. i think this is the beginning of a nice warmup. short, but we'll take it. >> a beautiful relationship. >> yeah. >> we're not singing the blues here this morning. >> no. >> that's for sure unless you're a winter lover. unfortunately does look like any snow -- doesn't look like any snow for the next seven days. right now we are a bit milder than average certainly for this time of the year. this time of the morning. right now,

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